Ten days before our big 10-year anniversary celebration, our visitors
- including our two speakers - canceled their trip
to Mali. So we reduced the number of meetings and split the preaching
between Paul and me. Our big anniversary was going to be a family
there was discouragement at first, our kids continued practicing
their songs and skit they had written. Paul and I continued being
busy with preparations, while we amended the radio announcements.
Friday, we usually have our movie nights that are
open to the public. On that special weekend we had a time of praise
& worship, and then showed the MATTHEW Jesus
film in the local language Bambara. After the movie I gave
an invitation to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and many
Saturday, we usually have our weekly service at
3 pm, so we kept that time slot. In
the morning the rented tents had been set up, and so there was shade
outside and plenty of room with the rented chairs. Paul and the
kids were wearing the T-shirts we had made for the occasion, and
they were leading everyone in praise and worship. Then Paul
was preaching a great message challenging everyone. Together
we prayed for many at the end of the meeting.
was the big day of our main event. Our two sheep
were killed and cut apart in the morning, and the ladies we had
hired came to start preparing our banquet meal
for the evening, so that our ladies who usually cook for us could
participate in the meeting. We were all busy with last minute preparations,
while two rented buses were on their way to our village
churches to pick up our people from there to join us for
Christian radio station came late to set up for
the live broadcast of the meeting, and Christian
TV showed up as well. There will be a half-hour broadcast
of our celebration on Malian national television
in the near future, including interviews they did with both Paul
year we only baptized two people - two young men
who are street kids and whose lives have been transformed. They
gave beautiful testimonies.
300 people came to celebrate this special day with
us, including teachers from our kids' school. Paul and our kids
did a great time leading praise & worship,
before I told the story of 10 years of Centre Apostlique
Malien and God's faithfulness. Our young leader Joseph
had been practicing two songs with our kids, though
he chose not to sing his own song. He had also written a
skit on Ebola that he and a few other kids were playing
in the meeting. Some of our kids are great actors!
was the one who preached the message; I had woken up with the message
clearly on my mind that morning. Our theme was "Transformed
by the Fire of God", and I spoke about Elija
& the prophets of Baal as well as the fire coming down
at the temple's dedication. Most people had never heard a woman
preach before and were amazed. We've had some great feedback!
preached the gospel clearly and gave an invitation in the end. Many
chose to follow Jesus, and many came foward to be baptized
with the Spirit and fire. Others came to receive healing
prayer, and many reported to be healed. Praise
God! He's alive!
noticed that the media in America is reporting about Ebola in such
a way that people are not well-informed and get
scared. It's not West Africa that has an epidemic - it's
the three countries Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
And it's not as easy to contract as some people think. These two
maps will help you to put things into the right perspective.
few weeks ago a sick, little girl traveled from
neighboring Guinea to Mali and died. Since Ebola is not that easy
to catch (bodily fluid needs to enter your body), amazingly nobody
else got sick. We praised God for His protection!
few days ago a new case became public, and this
time it's more serious as no precautions were taken and people tried
to cover it all up. Several people have become sick, and many are
quarantined to prevent further spreading. Thankfully the authorities
are now involved and doing all they can to stop this outbreak. Senegal
and Nigeria both contained it and have been Ebola-free. We believe
for the same for Mali! Please pray for us.
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& Corn Field - Our millet and corn will be harvested
in a few days. We hope to have a big enough harvest so we don't
have to buy any millet for a year.
- An article I wrote appeared in Patricia King's
magazine ARISE at the beginning of the month. Read
it here and please pass it on to your friends.
- Our current day guard Adama has finally taken
his driving exam. Once he has his license, he'll be our driver.
Street kid Abdoulaye (pic) - who was just baptized
- will be our new night guard, as our night guard Suma
- who has just started first grade - will become our day guard.
Truck Needed - We just repaired one of our trucks again,
one of the several times per month, while
the other one has been in the shop for the past week. We desperately
need a new Toyota pick-up truck like in the picture,
which unfortunately costs as much as $40,000
- We always need volunteers in Mali who can stay a
few months or more. If you'd like to come help us, please
But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and
His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all
these things taken together will be given you besides.